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Rice University

Texas, United States | Private

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Rice University, a privately endowed, nonsectarian, coeducational institution, was founded in 1891 as the William Marsh Rice Institute, dedicated to the advancement of letters, science, and art. The university occupies a 300-acre tree-lined campus located one block northwest of the Texas Medical Center and approximately three miles southwest of Houston's central business district. Engineering has been a part of Rice's curriculum since the university first opened as The Rice Institute in 1912. In those early days Rice offered courses in Chemical, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical engineering. Over the years, the engineering program grew, and in 1975 the George R. Brown School of Engineering was established. Today the school is comprised of nine academic departments and includes seventeen research institutes and centers.




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$75 - $200

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Houston, where Rice University is located is America's fourth-largest. This city is a cosmopolitan destination, filled with world-class dining, arts, hotels, shopping and nightlife. Take a stroll through the historic heights; spend the day exploring the Museum District or head down to Space Center Houston. Later on, grab a bite in one of dozens of award-winning restaurants, or hang out with the cool kids on Washington Avenue. There's always something to do in this Southern hospitality meets urban chic city. Now coming to the cons - the traffic, the oppressive heat and humidity, the zoning free areas and nasty locals are common issues people living in Houston have to put up with.


Rice has 11 residential colleges and over the past five years has added a dining facility, a recreation center, a bioscience research building, a physics building, a renovated athletics facility, an expanded student coffee house, a central pavilion where faculty and students meet for coffee and conversation, a James Turrell sky space and other public art, and a lighting system for nighttime recreation on several intramural playing fields.

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Rice Graduate Housing Services take care of the students’ accommodation. They also make a shuttle service available to the students for easy transportation to and from campus, nearby grocery stores, and shopping centers. They also provide free high-speed internet with the Rice network which gives the students access to Fondren Library’s online journals and databases.


The professors at Rice always try to maintain a healthy relationship with their students. The professors at times might go out of their way to help the students to progress.

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Various Job Fairs are conducted to ensure that the students get appropriate jobs. Some also prefer to find employment on their own.

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